David Levine

In Conversation

Thursday, June 16, 2011, 7:00 pm

In the context of Gallery TPWs ongoing interest in the relationship between liveness and images, join us in conversation with New York/Berlin based artist David Levine. Coinciding with the Luminato presentation of his new work Habit, Levine will discuss his larger practice, staging institutional collisions and the possibilities for short-circuiting the ways people see and hence create meaning.

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June 10-11 and 13-19
11:00 am -7:00 pm
OCAD University

An installation, durational event and realist play, Habit reorients the way we watch. Inside a fully functioning ranch house designed by Marsha Ginsberg, actors inhabit a set for eight hours each day, performing a roughly ninety-minute play on a continuous loop. Communicating only through the scripted dialogue of their characters, the actors must also improvise staging to suit their needs – if they’re hungry, they cook; if they’re dirty, they wash. Audiences, meanwhile, may circulate freely around the outside of the set watching the live action through the windows of the house. In an adjacent space, a twelve-camera live feed from the house randomly edits video to create a unique TV drama. Habit fuses television production, durational performance, behavioral psychology, and realist-theater into a project that asks basic questions about the relationship between spectatorship, performance, authenticity and reality. Commissioned by Luminato and MASS MoCA. For more information visit Luminato.com/habit.

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Artist Biography

Levine‘s work encompasses performance, theater, photography, installation, and video. Dividing his time between NYC and Berlin, where he is Director of the Studio Program at the European College of Liberal Arts, Levine has directed at the Atlantic Theater Company, the Vineyard Theater/NYC, and Primary Stages/NYC and has presented performance projects and other work at such international art spaces and surveys as MoMA, Documenta XII, Mass MoCA, Town House Gallery/Cairo, HAU2/Berlin, PS122/NYC, and the Watermill Center.  David’s work has been featured in The New York Times, Artforum, Theater, Art in America, Bomb, Cabinet, Theater Heute, Art Review, Die Zeit, TDR, The Village Voice, Time Out, and the Believer, and he has received grants from the New York Foundation for the Arts, the Mid-Atlantic Arts Foundation, the Kulturstiftung Des Bundes, and Etants Donnés/French Fund for Performance.